Thursday, April 26, 2018

Varsity Letters in CrossFit

The Sport of Fitness!  In an earlier post, I gave several reasons why CrossFit should be considered a sport based on the definition of sport.  While in high school, students can letter in everything from Football to Drama and a whole host of activities. Naturally, I thought it was reasonable to give students an opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter in CrossFit. 
The 2018 Open season was our competitive season this year.  In addition to extra workouts and training outside of school with our partners in the CrossFit community, these students worked so very hard and can truly be referred to as "athletes." These students earned the first ever Varsity letters for CrossFit out our school.  So proud of them! Not all students earning a letter are pictured here, but we had 16 students earn their letter this year.  Congrats to this inaugural group.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Competition is good for the soul!

We compete everyday at Vision CrossFit.  Competing against each other, against the clock, and against ourselves.  It's really nice though for students to be able to compete against other athletes around the world, in their age group, during this year's CrossFit Open.  Last year we had 6 people compete in the CrossFit Open and this year we had 15 athletes compete.  The students did amazing! We had 3 students place inside the top 10 and several more inside the top 20 of the scaled West Coast region, not considering most of them competed for the first time. 

What's even more unbelievable is that these students have very limited exposure to some of the barbell movements that showed up in several of the workouts, because we don't have the space or equipment at Vision Charter.  We drill these movements daily with sandbags, dumbbells, kettlebells, and pvc pipe.  These movement patterns take time and the students did very well, but I long for the day when we have this equipment on campus so that they can reach their full genetic potential within their fitness journey. 

Congrats to all the Vision CrossFit athletes that competed and thanks to our partners around the valley at Snake River CrossFit and CrossFit Fireside who were willing to help my athletes throughout this year continue to get better.